How can you reduce the energy usage in your home permanently? Considering our industry, I hope the answer is by installing a new high efficiency heating and cooling system. For the short term, that could be correct. However, a new system requires annual maintenance to keep it running at peak performance and does not necessarily permanently reduce energy usage. By analyzing the entire house as a system we are learning how to permanently reduce energy usage and make homeowners more comfortable at the same time. By performing a whole-home energy evaluation, we can now show homeowners that air sealing, insulating, adding radiant barriers and renovating their duct systems will often reduce the wasted energy in the home more than a new heating and cooling system. The best part is this type of energy upgrade work often requires less of an investment than the whole system replacement. Let me repeat that. These energy upgrades will often cost less than a new system installation while providing more energy usage reduction and comfort benefits. It is rare in the home renovation world to have a less expensive option available that actually yields more benefit. It may sound counter-intuitive for us, but we have situations now where we recommend having an existing heating/cooling system tuned-up instead of replaced while performing some of the energy upgrade work previously mentioned. To top off the benefits, once this energy upgrade work is completed, it's done. There is no annual maintenance required....nothing. When it comes to energy upgrade type work, you are going to pay for it one way or the other. You can either pay your utility company for higher utility bills or pay for the upgrade work to be done while reducing your monthly bills.
If you want to reduce the amount of energy your home is wasting, reduce your monthly utility costs, increase the overall comfort level of your home and help save the Planet at the same time, consider having a whole-home energy evaluation performed by a trained professional. These professionals can show you exactly what needs to be done first and how to prioritize the work and even how to finance it where the monthly utility costs savings might be higher than the monthly payment for the upgrade work.
It is possible to reduce the amount of energy being wasted in your home and it may be easier and less expensive than you think. The professionals at GSM Services are more than capable of making this assessment and helping homeowners find the best solutions for their home.
Until next time, keep cool and comfortable.
The Comfort Team at GSM Services